Opportunities for Public Input and Questions on Budget
The public will have two opportunities next week to offer their input on the City Manager’s Proposed Fiscal Year 2014 budget. On Monday, March 11 at 4 p.m. in Council Chambers, the City Council will hold a budget public hearing. Then on Wednesday, March 13, at 7 p.m. in Council Chambers in City Hall, the City Manager will deliver a public budget presentation. The public will have the opportunity to ask the City Manager questions about the proposed budget.
Alexandria Renew Expansion and New City Athletic Field to Begin Construction in March
Alexandria Renew will begin construction on expansion of their wastewater treatment facility this month. In October 2011, the City Council approved a Development Special Use Permit for a new treatment tank on their property west of the existing facility and south of Eisenhower Avenue. In addition to addressing the treatment upgrades necessary to meet stricter environmental standards, the unique design incorporates a new City rectangular athletic field on top of the tank to be available for a variety of adult and youth sports. This project has been developed in coordination with the property owner to the north, and when all development is complete, the City will have an additional 4 acres of open space available to the public south of Eisenhower Avenue. At this time, Alexandria Renew plans to deliver the athletic field to the City in the fall of 2014. Since building the tank will involve extensive construction activity over the next two years, Alexandria Renew has created a website to update the community on construction activities and progress. For more information, contact Katye North at email@example.com or 703.746.3819.
Survey to Help Shape Future Look of Route 1 Rapid Transit Service
The City of Alexandria, Arlington County and the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) are preparing to introduce the region’s first rapid transit line using dedicated transit vehicle only lanes between the Braddock Road and Crystal City Metrorail stations. The rapid transit rubber tread vehicles will operate in dedicated lanes, allowing for more reliable and frequent service in the corridor. The vehicles will serve 17 rapid transit stations, and feature more amenities than standard bus stops. WMATA is currently conducting an online survey that will shape the look and feel of future rapid transit services in the region. Please take a few moments to complete the survey.
Health Department Reports Teen Pregnancy Rate is Lowest in 15 Years
The City of Alexandria’s 2011 overall teen pregnancy rate was the lowest in 15 years. According to the Virginia Department of Health’s Division of Health Statistics, data on teen pregnancies reveal the 2011 teen pregnancy rate was 33.4 per 1,000 females ages 10-19 (in 2003, the rate was more than 60; in 2010, it was 41.6). The improvements are a reflection of the City’s dedication, and of the collaborations and efforts on the part of multiple agencies and community partners. Despite the improvement, the data show that Alexandria’s rates are high compared to Virginia (18.6) as well as to neighboring Arlington County (10.6) and Fairfax County (8.6). The data also demonstrate persistent disparities among racial/ethnic groups within Alexandria – black teens had a pregnancy rate of 36.5 and Hispanics had a rate of 54.3. While celebrating the improvements, the City’s health department and community partners acknowledge the importance of sustaining and improving on Alexandria’s teen pregnancy rate, with a need to focus on eliminating health disparities, in order to protect all the futures of all our youth. .
Daylight Savings Time Begins
Daylight Savings Time begins at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 10. Remember to turn your clocks ahead by one hour, and to change your smoke detector batteries.